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Improving A Landing Page's Storytelling: Contra

I came across an amazing community for independent workers called Contra and applied to be their ambassadors. This post details my answer to one of their application questions about improving their current landing pages.

Growth Marketing

This Man Showed Me His Secrets to A Successful Life & Career

No one around me, even my wife and my parents, are obligated to help or love me. I have to earn it myself. And by observing this man, I know the keys to living a successful life.

Life

8 Lessons as I Turned 30

The 20s are for exploring and the 30s are for going full speed, so turning 30 seemed to imply that I should have everything figured out. Haven't I?

Life

How to Get More Time in Your Day: Fighting Decision Fatigue

When I waste time, I always feel a sense of guilt. In order to level up my productivity, I discover a few ways that can extract more time out of my day, but they come with certain sacrifices.

Personal Growth

How to Know If Your Startup Idea Is Worthwhile

Validating your startup idea is important to increase your chance of success. Lots of founders jump to the user interview step and miss out this one important step to evaluate the idea yourself.

Startups

This Goal Setting Template Helped Me Hit My Goal in 14 Days

I was insanely unhealthy during COVID-19. Being so embarrassed with my body, I jumped on a 14 Days Challenge and found out how directing my mind was critical to help me set and achieve my goals.

Personal Growth

Understanding SEO as a First-time Startup Founder

As a first-time founder, you need to understand the importance of doing marketing early and how SEO plays a key role in building up sustainable traction for you.

Growth Marketing

You Should Avoid These User Interview Traps

We follow best practices to run our user interviews. But to be excellent at it, I discovered these frustrating traps that we should all try to avoid.

Product

Dissect Dave Gerhardt's Copywriting & 10X Your Marketing

I studied Dave Gerhardt's copywriting tactics and replicated them, and that resulted in a 10x boost for my social media engagement.

Growth Marketing

I Am Giving Back This Year

"Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give." As we progress in our life and career, we should also take time to help the community and the people around us, regardless of how big or small the favor is.

Life

2018 Year in Review & 2019 Goals

I made a big move in 2018 to leave a company I was working for 4 full years, in which I was invited to become a co-founder and partner. Here is my recap for the year.

Life

2017 Year in Review

2017 was definitely a year with big steps. Today I spent some time reflecting on the past year, about First Code, about myself, and about what I could do better.

Life

3 Workplace Tips that You Don’t Learn in College

For a fresh graduate, it is always hard to know how to make the most out of the first working experience. College isn't designed to teach us about that. Here I share how you can take a driver's seat at work to accelerate your early career.

Career

2016 Year in Review

From a kid who hated reading to a man who cannot live without a book, 2016 was a year that reading transformed me.

Life

You Have Been Finding Jobs The Wrong Way

Are you still applying for a job in a traditional way? Most people these days find a job in more creative ways, and here is how you can increase the chance of landing your next job.

Career

How We Define Our Company Culture at First Code Academy

Ever since we read Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness, we were intrigued and started thinking about the company culture at First Code Academy.

Startups

7 Life Mottos I Live By

"I am the master of my faith, I am the captain of my soul" - Defining my life principles has helped me stay on the right track to living a fulfilled life.

Life

7 Books to Read in 2016

I hated reading in my childhood, and now I treat books as one of my closest friends, so I spent some time making a list of books I will read in 2016.

Personal Growth

Knowing Yourself is The Key to Your Own Journey

"Am I on the right track?" I ask myself this question all the way. This is how I think about life at this point in my journey.

Personal Growth

What a Developer / Software Engineer Should Expect Working in an Agency

As a new developer or software engineer, many are lost in choosing the first company they want to work for. It can be a product company or an agency. Given my experience working as a software engineer in a software development agency, here is what it was like.

Career

Why You Should Work Overseas in Your Early Career

I got a job online, hopped on a plane, and moved to Singapore in 5 days. This is why I believe everyone should work overseas when they just start out.

Career

10 Lessons I Learned From My First Failed Startup

When I declared my first startup Sponfed as a failure, I took time to look back at the most important lessons I learned.

Startups

First Job as a Software Engineer in Singapore

After finishing a 3-month intensive coding bootcamp, I was hired as a Software Engineer in Singapore. I hopped on the plane to embark on a new journey.

Career

Why You Should Take An Immersive Coding Course

I was a builder at 13 years old when I built numerous websites and forums that had hundreds of thousands of visitors, I was not ready to give up my dream in technology and decided to embrace an intensive coding experience.

Career

Are You A Non-technical Co-founder?

Everyone wants to build tech startups, yet not everyone knows how to code. This is why you don't actually need to know how to code to start.

Startups

Crushing Customer Development in Singapore

Customer development is the most important step in finding a problem to solve. As a fresh graduate, I was determined to find out what it was about and traveled to Singapore to join Lean Startup Machine.

Product

Silly Low Paying Tech Jobs in Hong Kong

Tech jobs in different places are treated differently. In Silicon Valley, engineers are considered the most precious role in a company. However, on the other side of the world in Hong Kong, it is an entirely different story. I share my honest thought about the situation.

Career